A member of the Association of Resident Doctors on the University College Hospital, Ibadan, who is likely one of the 215 docs that haven’t been paid within the hospital, has lamented how survival has been taxing for him.
The medical practitioner, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Wednesday mentioned the affected docs are these not but captured on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
According to him, the docs are presently being owed 5 months salaries as they’ve but to be paid since January 2021.
He mentioned before now, the docs have been paid on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System platform nevertheless it was later modified to the IPPIS.
According to him, when the train was performed in 2019, about 40 docs have been left behind and newly employed docs weren’t captured by the IPPIS.
He mentioned these individuals, mentioned to be over 215 resident docs and about 15 consultants haven’t been captured therefore the delay within the fee of their salaries.
This, he mentioned, has made survival taxing for the affected docs who can not take up another job with their main accountability of offering well being care.
He acknowledged that the ARD of the UCH has launched into a strike motion since May 1 to specific their displeasure over the matter.
The physician, nevertheless, blamed the administration of the hospital, which he claimed, has dealt with the matter with negligence regardless of the struggling of over one-third of the employees members.
He mentioned, “We need them to easily transfer all docs to IPPIS. They ought to pay the 5 months wage arrears we’re being owed. We have households, we aren’t ghost employees
“It has not been simple, there are payments to pay, college charges and all. Five months will not be a joke. Everything is tough, contemplating present-day Nigeria’s financial system; kids’s college charges, household payments, home lease and each different factor.
”Currently, we’re on strike and we now have launched into the strike motion since May 1st. Over 215 docs on GIFMIS in UCH and we now have but to be paid January to May salaries and it is because we now have not been migrated to the IPPIS platform.
“In UCH, some docs resumed in 2019, the IPPIS got here and captured some folks whereas some folks weren’t captured, about 40. They recruited some folks in 2020 once more, so there have been extra docs and since 2019, IPPIS has not come for capturing which we imagine may be political. The administration retains saying they’ve referred to as IPPIS and so forth.
”The centre already has critical points with the IPPIS folks, and that space seems very gray to us. We learnt that IPPIS officers have been going from one centre to a different, plenty of centres for capturing of employees members, we surprise why coming to UCH may be very tough.
“It appears the administration has dedicated some blunders with employment and over-bloated checklist despatched to IPPIS initially of which IPPIS discovered and obtained them indignant on the centre.
“And the administration at all times shies away from shedding extra gentle on that nook. That’s our personal opinion although. We are actually struggling right here.
“At first, IPPIS promised to return and do verification of employees members earlier than capturing nevertheless it appears managements should not on their toes to facilitate that.
”The CMD did not talk about the basis of the issue which was a failure to seize members on the IPPIS platform promptly. He will not be involved about our plights. I ponder how he’s sleeping contemplating that about 1/third of his docs have been owe wage.
“I began a residency at UCH in 2019, think about, a buddy of mine who resumed at Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta in March 2021, has already been registered on IPPIS, receiving his wage steadily.
“As of Tuesday, some other health workers joined the strike action, NUAHP part of JOHESU.”
Meanwhile, in a report by the News Agency of Nigeria final Friday, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, the Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, accused putting resident docs of “playing politics”.
Otegbayo mentioned the docs had refused to name off the indefinite strike regardless of administration’s plea and the intervention of stakeholders.
The physician, who spoke with SaharaReporters described this as a discouraging comment which confirmed that there isn’t a resolution in sight to the plights of the docs.